Employees of United Airlines who are exempted from a company's vaccinating mandate for religious reasons will be placed on unpaid temporary leave beginning next month, the airline informed staff Wednesday. This was in response to the recent increase in Covid cases.
Last month, the airline stated that its 67,000 employees in the United States must be vaccinated against Covid-19. However, it said it would consider medical and religious exemptions.
Airlines have had varying approaches to encouraging staff vaccinations. Delta Air Lines will impose a $200 surcharge on employees who are not vaccinated. American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and Delta will no longer offer pay protections to employees who are exposed or contract Covid-19.